Daniel Kraft – The Future of Medicine

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Daniel Kraft discusses the future of medicine after his Singularity University Executive Program lecture.
Kraft discusses the future of medicine after his Singularity University Executive Program lecture.

There’s some amazing things coming down the healthcare pipeline and Daniel Kraft knows a little about all of them. Kraft teaches at Stanford University, is an expert on regenerative medicine, and a member of the faculty at Singularity University. He was one of the many lecturers at SU’s nine-day Executive Program which is just wrapping up. After his lecture, he sat down with executive director Salim Ismail to discuss the future of medicine. Check out the video after the break.

Regenerative medicine is starting to experience tremendous growth with the blossoming use of stem cells to help the body heal and replace damaged tissue. While there has been tremendous debate in the US around the ethics of using embryonic stem cells, Kraft is happy to discuss how all manner of adult cells may be coaxed into becoming pluripotent (able to tranform into different tissues). While you should definitely check out the full ten minute interview, don’t miss Kraft discussing pluripotency starting after 6:16. Kraft also briefly touches on the possibility of 3D printing of living tissue (8:50) and the use of stem cells to cure baldness (10:05). These are some impressive developments!

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*Disclosure: Keith Kleiner (owner of Singularity Hub) is an associate founder at Singularity University.

[screen capture and video credit: Matt Rutherford, Singularity University]